If you want to do garb from the 16th century, woven stripes are period
for commoner and queen, according to The Tudor Tailor. Since stripes
are more easily woven than other patterns, I would think it might be a
pattern done much earlier in time.
"Paintings rarely show the abundance of striped fabrics worn by all
ranks of society, which is evident from documentary sources. Queen
Elizabeth owned many gowns, petticoats and kirtles made of striped
silk. There are 11 striped gowns in a list of lost items, of which one
is a kirtle and bodies 'of great bard velvet', suggeting that both
wide and narrow stripes were known. A rare depiction is that of a pink
kirtle with narrow red and green stripes, worn by a figure who is
probably Jane, fool to Mary Tudor, under her branched damask gown (fig
6). A striped canvas doublet is mentioned in the will of an Essex
gentleman in 1584."
page 39 of "The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing sixteeth-century dress"
by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, published 2006.
I've been a bit timid to try stripes myself. Have no idea HOW wide and
HOW narrow the stripes would have done, and if narrow and wide stripes
would be combined as many modern striped fabrics are.
As far as printed fabrics, it seems that there were a few very rare
fragments surviving from the 15th century, but the earliest printed
fabrics probably weren't produced to be made into garments:
"...the years around the turn of the century were ripe for the
emergence of mechanical methods for image replication, one that was
inexpensive, efficient, and capable of large output. The roles played
by printed textiles, playing cards, and even ordinary hand-drawn image
of the fourteenth century in the evolution of the fifteenth-century
woodcut are difficult to evaluate.
"The cutting of woodblocks for printing designs on fabric was likely
but not surely practiced in Europe during the entire fourteenth
century; their use as molds for butter (cat. 1), baked goods, and
possibly for the printing of initials has long been accepted. But most
of Robert Forrer's printed linen and silk fragments, for which he
claimed dates as early as the thirteenth century, have been shown to
be nineteenth-century forgeries, printed with new inks on old textile
fragments.11 Leonie von Wilckens' inventory of printed textiles from
German lands contains not a single example that she dates prior to
1400, and her perusal of written documents turned up just one possible
allusion to textile printing prior to 1400.12 But from Italy comes
certain proof that the printing of textiles preceeded the printing of
woodcuts on paper. There are the well-known, step-by-step instructions
in Cennino Cennini's _Il LIbro dell'arte_ for printing on fabric from
inked wooden blocks.13 And there is new research by Teresa Nevins on
the Sion Textile in Basel (cat. 2), marshalling iconographic and
stylistic evidence to support a date in the third century for this
earliet of all _figurative_ printed textiles. Given the ambitious
scale of the _Sion Textile_, it is likely that it represents a craft
existing in Venice or at least in northern Italy at a time before
which there exists not a single surviving woodcut on paper.14"
page 21, Richard S. Field's essay "Early Woodcuts: The Known and the
Unkown" in: "Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-Century
Woodcuts and Their Public", Peter Parshall and Rainer Schoch et al.,
In note numbered 11, Richard states that there are only 40 total
authentic late-medieval printed textiles fragments that survive.
Even if printed fabrics were made into garments in Europe, the
patterned fabric would have looked very different from what we have
available for purchase in fabric stores.
I've been advised to stick to solid fabrics or woven patterned fabrics
with geometric patterns until I am more familiar with the patterns
from the 16th century.
Hope that helps some,
-Lisabeth of Gyldenholt
--- In email@example.com, "Adrienne" <apollia@...> wrote:
> In more specific terms, I am wondering about garb with stripes on it.
> I believe I've seen people at the events I have gone to with striped
> fabrics in their garb.. I was wondering what kinds (or rather, what
> thicknesses) of stripes are appropriate? At this point I'm not
> worried about what time period (still new, and haven't decided on
> personas, but it would be cool to know if you do!) just that it looks
> relatively authentic enough to fit in.
> Thank you in advance!
> Adrienne of Ravenshore
> Kingdom of the West